PORT ALLEN — The City Council voted Wednesday to raise monthly water, sewer and gas rates for city customers.

In three unanimous votes, the council voted the water rate from $9 to $9.27; the gas rate from $9 to $9.27; and the sewer rate from $19.05 to $19.62.

Mayor R.J. Loupe said the new rates are necessary to offset falling sales tax collections.

“We’re always reluctant to raise rates, but we have to balance our budget,” he said.